Blog: What would Dan Brown make of this?

Catherine Sleep | 28 September 2005

There are a lot of weird diets out there – the grapefruit, the cabbage soup and the boiled egg diets spring to mind as among the least appealing – but how many are based on bestselling works of fiction?

A baker who became fed up with seeing his sales slip as customers followed the low-carb craze away from his products has written a book based on the Golden Ratio, a formula deployed by Leonardo Da Vinci and popularised by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

Stephen Lanzalotta has drawn up the Da Vinci Diet Code and signed a publishing deal with Warner Books. It will hit the shelves next year. Until then one can only speculate that it is likely to advocate eating bread, the author being a baker and all that. You’ve got to admire his lateral thinking haven’t you? We’re always telling food producers to innovate; I guess Lanzalotta did just that. Although the words 'jumping' and 'bandwagon' do spring to mind rather readily.

Da Vinci Code diet


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